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The INDEPENDENT, November 18, 2010
Spirit of Christmas arrives Dec. 4
On Saturday, December 4,
come out and celebrate the
The Spirit of Christmas in Ver-
nonia Celebration. All of Ver-
nonia has come together to
create a nostalgic day that is
reminiscent of Christmases
long ago. The celebration will
run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. and will take place
throughout downtown (Bridge
Events on this family-friendly
day include a live Nativity, trav-
eling carolers, hot cider, music,
a choir performance, hot cho-
Christmas storytelling, Vernon-
ia Coffee, and a holiday baked
goods competition. Stop by
and see the Christmas Bazaar
at Vernonia Middle School.
Pictures with Santa and Mrs.
Claus will be available in the
downtown-area. Local busi-
nesses will be offering special
discounts to assist with your
holiday shopping. In addition
to these events, there will be
two fundraisers; collecting non-
perishable food for Vernonia
Cares food bank, and cash do-
nations for our Community
At 6:00 p.m. attendees will
be treated to a lighted parade.
Kicking it off will be local pets
followed by decorated floats,
and finishing with everyone’s
favorite, lighted log trucks. A
tree lighting ceremony will
complete the day’s events. Pro-
grams will be available at
downtown businesses or in lo-
Come enjoy an old fash-
ioned Christmas celebration.
For more information, check
us out on Facebook at
ia-Oregon, or contact Marilyn
Nicks at 503-429-0335.
Still time to help fill food boxes
Registration is still open for
Vernonia Cares Christmas holi-
day food boxes. The applica-
tion deadline is December 7.
Boxes will be distributed on
December 21 at Vernonia
Cares, and will include the ba-
sic groceries needed for a
Christmas meal. To apply, call
503-429-1414 and leave mail-
Anyone who can help fill a
box is encouraged to do so.
You can donate money or a
turkey at Vernonia Sentry any
day, or at Vernonia Cares on
Tuesdays and Thursdays be-
tween 10:00 a.m. and 2:00
p.m., or mail checks to Vernon-
ia Cares Food Bank, P.O. Box
126, Vernonia, OR 97064. Tax
deductible donation receipts
are available upon request.
Bazaar is just around the cor-
ner and the Vernonia Chapter
of P.E.O. is getting ready to
participate with the Christmas
Wreath sale. P.E.O. has en-
joyed having a table at the
bazaar for many years. This is
P.E.O.’s biggest fund-raiser;
every cent of our profit from the
bazaar goes toward helping
women of all ages reach their
educational goals. That’s what
P.E.O is all about!
The cost is the same as pre-
vious years ($18.00) for a nice,
big, exceptionally fresh wreath,
ready to hang. There’s nothing
quite like that aroma of fir and
cedar hanging on your front
Wreaths are sold on a pre-
order basis, and you should
plan to pay when you order.
You may pick up your wreath at
the bazaar. (And, you can take
a look at our craft items and
goodies while you are there!)
There will be a limited number
of wreaths sold at the bazaar,
so it’s a good idea to order
ahead. Contact Mary Tolonen
at 503-429-4814, to place an
order, or for more information.
We will see you at the
bazaar, December 4 and 5 at
the Vernonia Middle School
Cafeteria (green building).
Senior Center News
Don’t let flu catch you unprepared. If you
haven’t already had a flu shot, you can get it to-
morrow, Friday, November 19, from 9:30 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. at the Vernonia Senior Center.
The vaccine is being provided by Columbia
County Public Health, and the clinic is for all
ages. The cost is $10 per person, but will be free
for those who can’t afford the $10.
Needle workers get together Tuesdays at the
center, from 10:30 a.m. to closing. Bring your
project to the center on Tuesdays and enjoy the
company of others as you work.
See’s Candy bars are being sold for $2.00
each as a fund raiser for the center. Don’t miss
these special sweet treats.
The next Supper and Game Night is Saturday,
November 20, starting at 5:00 p.m. Supper will
be Pot Luck, so bring your favorite dish and join
The senior center will close for Thanksgiving
on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26. Friday af-
ternoon games will continue, however, because
Rosie McCoy will open the center at 1:00 p.m. on
the Friday after Thanksgiving. Only the games
will be scheduled, no other center services or ac-
tivities will be available.
Free blood pressure checks are available on
the 4th Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m.
The free hearing checks provided by Colum-
bia Hearing Aids will not be available during the
winter. We’ll let you know as soon as they are
The Golden Oldies entertain every Wednes-
day from mid-morning until around 2:00 p.m. If
you haven’t taken time to listen this group, you’re
missing some great entertainment.
Lunch is served at the center, Monday through
Friday, at noon. A $4.00 donation is suggested
for those 60 and older, and $5.00 for those under
60. Lunch to go is $5.00; call ahead and place
Free ice cream is included with lunch on the
last Wednesday of each month, courtesy of
Wauna Federal Credit Union.
Breakfast is available on Fridays (except Nov.
26) from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Open to all ages.
breakfast is just $3.50 per person. Maple bars
are made fresh daily for $1.00 each. If you want
maple bars for a gathering, call 503-429-3912 a
day or two ahead and place your order.
Bread and pastries are often available at the
center. Come take a look, your favorites may be
Before we know it, the Christmas season will
be here, and the senior center will join in the
community-wide festivities with a Christmas
Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4-5 from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tables may be rented for
the weekend for $10.00. Vendors may set up on
Friday, Dec. 3 until 4:00 p.m., or on Saturday
morning starting at 8:00 a.m. Call Pauline for
more information. Lunch (hot dogs or chili dogs,
chips and pop) will be available both days.
December foot care will be on Friday, Dec.10,
and Tuesday, Dec. 21. Call Marilyn Albro, R.N.,
for an appointment, at 503-429-0406. Foot care
The 5 Area Lunch is not held during Novem-
ber and December.
Vernonia Senior Citizens Center:
446 Bridge Street
Senior Information Assistance Rep:
Hours: Monday through Friday,
10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thrift Shop Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Local author at Skein Slayers set next meeting
The Skein Slayers will meet hats and scarves for students
P.E.O. now selling their wreaths Library, Nov. 29 November
22, from 6:00 to at Vernonia schools, while
Local author Cathy Lamb
will be at the Vernonia Public
Library on Monday, November
29, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss her
latest novel, Such a Pretty
Face. Lamb is also the author
of Julia’s Chocolates, Henry’s
Sisters and The Last Time I
The public is encouraged to
attend, meet Lamb, and enjoy
a lively discussion about her
Choose to make each day a magnificent/marvelous Monday,
terrific/tantalizing Tuesday, wonderful/wahoo Wednesday,
thrilling Thursday, fabulous/fantastic/fun Friday,
super/splendid/soothing/satisfying Saturday and Sunday.
Lee Anne Krause, Future Directer
for the The Pampered Chef
7:30 p.m. at the Vernonia Com-
(VCLC). Skein Slayers is open
to anyone who already knows
how to knit or crochet, regard-
less of age.
The group meets to make
building friendships at the
Future meetings will be held
on the second and fourth Mon-
day of each month, starting at
6:00 p.m. at the VCLC.
You are Invited
by the family of County Commissioner,
Rita Bernhard, to a Retirement Farewell Gathering
Saturday, November 20th, 5 p.m.
At the Elks 350 Belton Rd St. Helens
Light appetizers and a no-host bar will be available.
Bring a can of food for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank
and your well wishes for a lady who deserves many
thanks for her years of service to Columbia County!